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Is everything a concept?

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cs23
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Feb20-12, 04:20 PM
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Centripetal acceleration is a concept. Can we say calculators,t.v. remotes are also concepts.

OR only the intangible things are concepts (such as torque, centripetal acceleration)
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Feb20-12, 04:21 PM
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I would say, with caution, yes. We are not privy to 'reality', only observations. We create concepts to rationalize our observations. In this sense, observations are the only 'thing' thats not a concept.
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Feb20-12, 04:31 PM
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The idea of a "t.v. remote" (what Plato would have called an "ideal") is a concept. A specific t.v. remote in your hand or sitting beside you is not.

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Feb20-12, 04:54 PM
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Is everything a concept?

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The idea of a "t.v. remote" (what Plato would have called an "ideal") is a concept. A specific t.v. remote in your hand or sitting beside you is not.
I just dropped a cup. That instance of centripetal acceleration was not conceptual. Correct?
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Feb20-12, 06:00 PM
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cs23, I suggest you start with looking up the meaning of the word "concept" in the dictionary. Do not be satisfied with just one dictionary...check severarl different ones to get a good idea of the meaning of "concept". Then you can decide for yourself if something fits the definition or not.
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I just dropped a cup. That instance of centripetal acceleration was not conceptual. Correct?
No. We use the word to refer to the event itself, even though it references a concept that is not necessarily the event; we just take for granted that it is. So one can study centripetal acceleration as a concept, but you can also actually experience it as a real event.
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Feb20-12, 06:11 PM
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How do i know if something is a concept?
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Feb20-12, 06:58 PM
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How do i know if something is a concept?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Johnson came up with a pretty good test: if you kick it and it hurts your toe, it's not a concept.
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Feb20-12, 07:00 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Johnson came up with a pretty good test: if you kick it and it hurts your toe, it's not a concept.
I kicked my wife and it hurt my nose. Is she a concept?
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Feb20-12, 08:26 PM
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Quote Quote by AlephZero View Post
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Johnson came up with a pretty good test: if you kick it and it hurts your toe, it's not a concept.
Nice, i get it. It's exactly what i was looking for


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